Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Larry Speaks (and Writes)

Chicago-area compliance people, I'll be speaking at the International Trade Club of Chicago on September 21. The title is "NAFTA and Other FTAs - Internal Controls for Compliance." More information and registration is available here. Also, I will be in London for the ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting October 3-6. My job is to moderate a panel on outsourcing and trade laws. Here is the brochure blurb:

Buying Trouble: Avoiding Purchasing and Outsourcing Traps in Customs, Trade and Export Laws

Tracks: Customs/Trade, Corporate/Finance, Corporate Counsel

Corporate outsourcing of manufacturing and services is growing rapidly. Many American and European companies have expanded their purchasing horizons to include unfamiliar suppliers and service providers in possibly unfamiliar countries. Companies new to international procurement, including companies outsourcing production and service functions previously done in-house, face a complicated array of legal questions and compliance hurdles. These range from establishing the proper customs value for imported merchandise to avoiding violations of the export control laws by the disclosure of regulated information. This seminar will provide an overview of the issues and practical advice on minimizing liability in the expanding global marketplace.

Co-Sponsoring Committees:Customs Law Committee, International Corporate Counsel, and International Trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Committee

Program Co-Chairs:
Lawrence M. Friedman (Moderator), Barnes Richardson & Colburn, Chicago, IL
Milton B. Whitfield (Speaker), Haynes and Boone, LLP, Washington, DC

Speakers:
Darryl Jackson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement, US Department of Commerce, Washington, DC
Paul Gray (Invited), Chairman, HM Revenue & Customs, London, England
Dalton Albrecht, Miller Thomson LLP, Toronto, Canada
Tim Hesselink, Simmons & Simmons, Rotterdam, Netherlands

I'm behind on blogging some interesting CIT opinions. I'll try my best to get to those soon. Not much else of interest has happened. For those of you in the business of importing items controlled by Fish & Wildlife under the Convention on the International Traffic in Endangered Species, here is a 94 page Federal Register notice to sink your claws into.

One other point of note, CBP announced that it is ending the Supplemental Information Letter process but continuing the Post-Entry Amendment process. This may not mean too much as the two things had effectively merged into on form called an SIL/PEA. Under the revised program, PEAs are due no less than 20 days before the scheduled liquidation.

Hope that is enough to keep you happy for now. More to follow.

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